Alongside our large scale productions, we direct our year-round work to areas and people currently undeserved by publicly funded culture. Free at the point of access. 99% new to us and to opera. With a single office in the Jewellery Quarter and no fixed venue, our work takes place in other peoples' spaces, their community centres, care settings. We currently deliver approximately 80 of these events per year. 

We want to invest in our city. You might find us at the opening of a new community resource like Witton Lakes Eco Hub, a careers day at a primary school or a university and at a celebration of working class culture. We are always looking to meet new people and new partners.

When the pandemic first struck, we seized the opportunity of seismic change to experiment, to reach out in new ways, to fulfil the challenge and our mission. It is, as they say, part of our ‘#DnA’. Thank you to all the freelance artists and participants who've taken part in our year-round “hybrid” programme online and face to face, liberating the archiveartist Q&As, supporters’ events, digital commissions and festivals, creative "Sofa" sessions, vocal training with emerging artists and volunteers and performances - from intimate pop-ups between lockdowns to one of the largest scale productions anywhere this Summer.

Beyond Birmingham, many opera companies have staged versions from our archive with re-imagined orchestrations for smaller forces. Behind the scenes, we continue to share our learning with other companies and education partners and commission new Artistic Associates to develop projects for the coming year. Watch this space!